In Taylor Robin’s webcomic Never Satisfied, there is one plum job that every young magician wants: to be their city’s magical representative to the king. But in this year’s crop, one competitor has managed to stay in the running without using any magic. What gives? Read more...
Plum Island is the secure, roped-off island where we conduct our animal disease research. It used to be run by the Department of Agriculture, but I think now it is under the authority of DHS. For some reason. You can...
THE MORNING PLUM: One core assumption driving Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy is this: Voters will see even the seamier details of Trump’s business past as a positive, because even if he got rich by milking the corrupt system, Trump is now here to put his inside knowledge of the corrupt system to work on behalf […]
THE MORNING PLUM: At last night’s debate, Donald Trump lorded it over his rivals with supreme confidence. Gone was narcissistic, rambling, insult-spraying Trump. In his place stood calm, unifying, presidential Trump. The Donald noted with satisfaction that his foes were mostly laying off of him. “I can’t believe how civil it is up here,” he […]
THE MORNING PLUM: For nine months, Donald Trump has run as the GOP race’s supersized alpha. The most garish moment of last night’s debate — in which Trump intimated that there is “no problem” when it comes to the size of his schlong — merely put this on display in a moment of explicit exhibitionism. […]
THE MORNING PLUM: The Hillary Clinton campaign has been engaged in an aggressive effort to accomplish one crucial political goal: Knocking off Bernie Sanders’ halo. One common thread running through many Clinton attacks on Sanders — whether it’s questioning his record on guns or suggesting his single payer dream isn’t going to happen — has […]
THE MORNING PLUM: Donald Trump’s lead over his GOP rivals seems to be holding strong in today’s polling, and his battle with Ted Cruz for front-runner status seems to be intensifying. Central to the war between Trump and Cruz are evangelical voters. Trump and Cruz are dominating among them, with Trump commanding the support of […]
Maggie Smith can do anything — even save this rickety vehicle from a case of the terminal cutes. Now ending her memorable run as the Dowager Countess on Downton Abbey, Smith has picked herself another juicy acting plum. She's playing Mary Shepherd, a decidedly unsanitary and unlovable vagrant who parked...
So Paul Ryan is officially running for House Speaker. The question everyone is properly asking: Why will his Speakership be any different from that of John Boenher? There’s a potential paradox in the answer to this question: While Ryan is undoubtedly more conservative than Boehner his, it’s possible he’ll go further than Boehner did in […]
So Paul Ryan has now told fellow House Republicans that he is open to running for Speaker, provided that warring factions inside the party agree to unite behind him. Ryan says that “we have become the problem,” and while it’s not quite clear who he is talking about there, it seems plain enough that Ryan […]
House Republicans are pleading with Paul Ryan to become their savior, and according to multiple reports out this morning, he’s seriously considering running for House Speaker, after all. Ryan is widely said to be the only person capable of “unifying” the GOP conference. But at risk of belaboring the obvious, here’s the question: Why would […]
As we continue to wait for Joe Biden to tell us whether he will run for president, a new CNN poll brings us what I believe is the most comprehensive polling yet on which candidate Democrats prefer on the issues — and Hillary Clinton leads Biden and Bernie Sanders on all of them. The new […]
If I remember correctly, John Boehner recently announced that he is resigning as Speaker. That happened, right? Yes, it did. And so, you’d think Boehner has little reason to worry about the security of his job, leaving him free to raise the debt limit with a minimum of fuss, averting untold damage to the U.S. […]
Hillary Clinton has signaled that she hopes to run for president in part by painting the GOP-controlled Congress — and, by extension, the Republican Party — as a divisive, destructive, hidebound, reactionary force. As the Post recently put it, Clinton has accused Congressional Republicans “of waging a war on women, playing politics with a black […]
Folks aren’t focused on this yet, but your humble blogger continues to insist that it may prove very, very important. If President Obama helps negotiate a global climate accord later this year, one of the crucial contrasts of the 2016 election could turn on a hugely consequential question: Should the U.S. participate in the agreement, […]
Today the Senate is expected to cast the final vote granting President Obama “Fast Track” authority to negotiate the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. With trade badly splitting Democrats, Hillary Clinton had avoided taking a meaningful position on Fast Track, only suggesting she might not support it if it didn’t also include worker assistance (which […]
Woah. Steam just announced it will allow for refunds on "nearly any purchase on Steam" and "for any reason," from your computer's inability to run it to you plum not enjoying it. That last one might make developers sad. There are some caveats, mind. Show More Summary
This was either a great heads-up play or plum awful defense.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is digging in hard behind his insistence that we must extend NSA bulk metadata surveillance for ever…and ever…and ever…and ever — or at least until 2020. But now McConnell is running into opposition from multiple quarters: From a left-right alliance in the Senate that is determined to end bulk surveillance, […]
Hillary Clinton will reportedly release a video announcement on Sunday confirming she is running for president. CNN reports that her video is aimed, at least in part, at the Democratic primary audience: Clinton has already filmed her campaign video, a person close to the campaign said, which outlines the central themes of her second bid […]